ECAC Roundup: Top Seeds All Take First Game
CHN Staff Report
Union earned its third straight shutout, the first time in school history it did that, defeating Dartmouth, 3-0, in Game 1 of its best-of-3 ECAC quarterfinal series.
The game was 1-0 well into the third period when Daniel Carr was awarded a penalty shot. Carr buried the shot to give Union a 2-0 lead, and then added an empty netter.
"It was a big time goal by a big time player," Union coach Rick Bennett said.
Colin Stevens finished with 32 saves, notching his second consecutive shutout and his school-recording setting sixth shutout of the season. The Niskayuna, N.Y., native hasn't allowed a goal in 129 minutes of action.
Freshman forward Eli Lichtenwald missed the game with what was termed a "middle-body injury" by Bennett, and is day-to-day.
Travis St. Denis scored twice and Connor Jones added his 14th as Quinnpiac rolled past in-state rival Yale, 6-2, in the series opener.
“We never really got anything going,” Yale coach Keith Allain said. “I didn’t like any of our periods. Those were three sluggish periods.”
The teams last met in the postseason in last year's NCAA championship game, won by Yale.
Yale freshman goalie Alex Lyon was replaced after two periods Patrick Spano, who only saw a handful of action this season.
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Cornell got a pair of goals from defensemen to defeat Clarkson, 2-1, in Game 1 at Lynah Rink.
Kirill Gotovets scored his first of the season, and Joakim Ryan added his seventh, and the Big Red got 28 saves from Andy Iles to hold off the Golden Knights.
The first period was physical and that kept up into the early part of the second period, when Clarkson's Troy Josephs was called for charging the goalie, a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
Ryan's goal came on that power play, making it 2-0.
Later in the period, Clarkson's Jordan Boucher was awarded a penalty shot when he was taken down by Reece Wilcox. Boucher converted to cut the deficit in half. It's the second time this season that Iles' only goal allowed in a game was on a penalty shot.
But Cornell held Clarkson to just five shots in the third period.
Cornell played without center Dustin Mowrey again. Mowrey, who had missed time with an injury only to return for the final regular-season weekend, re-injured himself.
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Colgate scored two early goals, then held on to defeat St. Lawrence, 2-1.
The power play came alive early for Colgate with both goals coming with the man advantage. On the opposite side of special teams, the Raiders allowed St. Lawrence only two chances with the extra skater. The Saints came into the game with the top-ranked power play in the conference.
Tyson Spink continues to put up numbers against St. Lawrence with 11 in his career after a goal and assist. Kevin Lough had Colgate’s second score, on the power play, for his third of the year. Tylor Spink joined his twin brother with two points on a pair of helpers.